Five young filmmakers spent two weeks filming particularly unusual visitors to Duxbury in the hopes of spreading awareness and educating the audience.
Through Plymouth Area Community Television, Ryan Antoniotti, Jared Dwyer, Evan Munroe, Lexi Panacy and Noah Terranova participated in the youth summer work- shop and learned all about the sand tiger sharks that often visit Duxbury Bay. The students worked with John Chisholm, of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and Duxbury resident David Lindamood to learn about the creatures that often strike fear in the hearts of observers.
“They are a lot less scary than they appear to be,” Lindamood said. “That is what we had to teach them first.”
The students spent the first week of the program learning how to use camera, audio and editing equipment, and then set out to produce their documentary in the second week. They interviewed Chisholm and Lindamood, took scenic shots of the bay, and even got a chance to get up close and personal with one of the sharks.
After filming, the students went back to the studio to edit the pieces together, write a script, record voiceovers and put together transitions.
Lindamood became interested in the tiger sharks when he first moved to Duxbury in 2001. While out on Powder Point Bridge one day, he was fishing and noticed an unusual amount of sharks in the area. The more he fished, the more sharks he saw.
At the same time, Chis Holm was working on a study to catch sand tiger sharks, tag them and follow their patterns. He eventually got in touch with Lindamood and the two went down to the Powder Point Bridge. In just a couple hours of fishing, they caught about 14 sharks.
“That was really the start of the project,” Chisholm said. “When Dave started showing us how to catch the sand tigers and where to find them.”
Sand tiger sharks are coastal sharks that grow to about 10 feet as adults. In the Duxbury Bay, sand tiger sharks are generally younger than three years old. They have been federally protected since 1997.
“It’s a nursery because we have no natural predators to the sand tiger shark,” Lindamood said.
The documentary, titled, “Within the Bay: Shark Tagging in Duxbury,” was premiered last week at the Plimoth Cinema at Plimoth Plantation. The students presented their documentary to the audience and then sat back and enjoyed their hard work
“It is an incredible thing to see,” Lindamood said. “It was a great way for students to learn about the sharks that frequent Duxbury Bay and to learn that they are not dangerous. It’s also incredible to see how many sharks we get in and out of the Bay.”
The documentary can be seen at pactv.org.